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Simon Cho

Full name: Simon Cho
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: October 7, 1991 in Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
Country: USA United States
Sport: Short Track Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Simon Cho was a Korean native who moved to the United States with his family when he was 4-years-old, settling in Chicago. They later moved to Salt Lake City to allow Cho to train for speedskating, although the family’s financial situation was tenuous. Despite little support or backing, he made the 2010 US Olympic team where he won a bronze medal in the short-track relay. He also won a silver medal in the relay that year at the World Championships. In 2011, Cho won the 500 metre short-track race at the World Championships, adding a bronze medal in the relay.

Unfortunately, it was later revealed that at the 2011 Worlds, Cho had tampered with the blades of a Canadian skater, Olivier Jean, something which he stated he was told to do by then US short-track coach Chun Jae-Su, although Chun denied that. Chun shortly thereafter resigned as US coach, which also came after several US skaters accused him of verbal and physical abuse. In August 2013 Cho was found in violation of the code of ethics by the International Skating Union (ISU) and received a 2-year ban from sanctioned competition, which retroactively dated to 5 October 2012, the date he admitted to skate tampering.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2010 Winter 18 Vancouver Short Track Speed Skating Men's 500 metres United States USA 11
2010 Winter 18 Vancouver Short Track Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Relay United States USA 3 Bronze

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PLR P BT T
2010 Winter 18 Vancouver Short Track Speed Skating United States Final Standings 11 QF-3 0-3-2 41.211
2010 Winter 18 Vancouver Short Track Speed Skating United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 3 41.211
2010 Winter 18 Vancouver Short Track Speed Skating United States Round One Heat Two 2 Q 41.726

Men's 5,000 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
2010 Winter 18 Vancouver Short Track Speed Skating United States USA Final Standings 3
2010 Winter 18 Vancouver Short Track Speed Skating United States USA Semi-Finals Heat One 2
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